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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch for the Volkswagen New Beetle, 2001

Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch

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Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" - Volkswagen New Beetle, 2001

This fully welded, corrosion-resistant Volkswagen New Beetle trailer hitch is perfect for your light-duty towing and hitch rack needs. Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry strength standards. Drawbar, pin and clip sold separately.


  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your Volkswagen New Beetle
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Tested Tough - safety and reliability criteria exceed industry standards
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Drawbar, pin and clip are sold separately


  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class I
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 2,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 200 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite's Tested Tough program provides testing standards far superior to those outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the go-to source for engineering professionals.

Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.

In addition, Draw-Tite performs static testing on a simulated automobile, as opposed to the rigid fixture used for SAE testing, resulting in a more true-to-life scenario. Technical Support

At we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.

24679 Draw-Tite Class 1 Trailer Hitch Receiver - Sportframe

Video of Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"

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Video install hitch 2002 volkswagen beetle
Trailer Hitch Installation - 2002 Volkswagen Beetle

Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2002 Volkswagen Beetle

Today on this 2002 VW Beetle we are going to install part number 24679 from Draw-Tite. As shown here, this is what the hitch looks like when it is installed on the vehicle. Next we will give you some measurements that will help you out in ing some accessories such as a bicycle rack, a ball mount or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground on this particular vehicle is going to be 7-5/8 inches. And from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the bumper is going to be 4 inches. Now we will go ahead and show you how the hitch gets installed. 0:31

Alright, the first thing we need to do on our install is actually remove the spare tire so we can get down to the trunk well. And when you are done it should look like this. And then our next step is to go underneath the vehicle and loosen the two bolts that hold the muffler up to the frame. OK, the next thing we need to do is modify the heat shield. And we need to make a cut about an inch in on both sides and just push it up and out of the way. Alright, now we can go ahead and start installing the hitch on the vehicle. 1:15

We will be installing the driver side part of the hitch above the bracket. And then on the passenger side, the back part of the frame bracket will lay on top of the tow loop. To install the carriage bolt, we are going to use a bolt leader, part number 80101-1. Just put it through the hitch and pull it out of the side. Kind of work around in there until it comes through. And on the bottom side we will install the block and the lock washer and nut. On the muffler side, we will install our bolts using the lock washer and two flat washers. We are just going to snug our bolts down but we are not going to tighten them down just yet. Alright, now we need to drill two holes out in the trunk pan for our hitch. And we are just going to use a simple block of wood to help hold the hitch up against the trunk pan. And we will use the hitch as a template for our holes. OK, we are going to us a 1/2 inch drill bit to make our hole in the trunk pan. 2:51

Alright, to install our hardware, we are going to be using the two shorter carriage bolts and the two smaller blocks. We are going to add some sealant around the holes we drilled out and then install the hardware. We are going to go ahead and repeat on the other bolt. Then we will add our lock washer and nut to the bolt. And then we can snug everything down. And then torque it down as specified in the instructions. And there you have it for part number 24679 from Draw-Tite.

Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4 - 24679

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.8 out of 5 stars   (25 Customer Reviews)

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ryan H.09/08/2011

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I bought this hitch for my 2001 VW Golf. The shipping was fast and cheap, (especially considering the size of the package) and the hitch showed up at my front door a few days after ordering, well-packed and undamaged. The install process was relatively straightforward, but I would say almost impossible without a second person to help hold the hitch in place while the bolts are attached. I ended up calling a friend and using the scissor jack out of the trunk of my car to hold the hitch in place while I bolted it in. I did run into a minor problem with a clearance issue between the rear valence on the car and the receiver portion of the hitch, but I rectified it by making a small cut-out in the plastic of the bumper with my pocketknife. Since the hitch is a permanent addition, I wasn't too concerned about making this alteration- you can't see it unless you look under the bumper, regardless. The package shipped with all the necessary hardware, and even included a hardcopy of the mounting instructions. As others have said, eye protection is key for this job, because you're going to have rust and road grit raining down on you while you try to move the hitch into position, and most of it is stuff you don't want in your eyes. In terms of actual towing, the hitch worked exactly as expected. I towed a uhaul trailer about 400 miles with absolutely no problems. It easily passed a safety inspection, and provided completely trouble-free operation. For the price and ease of install, this product can't really be beat! 23689

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dave Meissner02/13/2011

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I ordered this hitch and cannot believe how fast it arrived. I had Uhaul install it for me without any problems. I ordred from you guys because Uhaul said that it would take them up to 10 days to get it. My order arrived in four days and dropped on my front proch in perfect condition. I have since gone on their web site to find a bike rack and am really impressed with all the information that is available including videos. What a great site - puts all the rest to shame. Good prices as well.7121

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: James W.10/10/2013

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The trailer hitch is solidly built an fairly straightforward to install even on your own. However having an extra set hands to hold hitch in place will help. The exhaust tip does rub against the hitch while car is running an creates a lil extra noise but a couple of zip ties should move exhaust that extra half inch to eliminate that. Otherwise great product. 2003 VW GTI103373


Hitch and exhaust contact does happen from time to time, but it is an easy fix. Zip ties probably will not cut it. They will either break or melt. Take a long, heavy pair of channel locks and bend the exhaust hangers in the area to get the tip away from the hitch, or you can swap out the rubber isolator for a different length to get the tip away.

Patrick B - 10/14/2013


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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jordan08/16/2012

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The draw-tite frame is made of very sturdy metal. I was impressed with how well it mated with the car and it installed in under an hour. Very satisfied and I will order from etrailer again since it came UPS in less that two days after I ordered it. Great buy! Thank you!51884

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ben Garr.05/14/2012

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Installation was very easy not hard at all, everything bolts and nuts Iall was in the bag. Just backed the VW GOLF UP ON TWO RAMPS I USE TO CHANGE OIL AND IT LOOKED JUST LIKE THE VEDIO YOU SHOW. TOOK ABOUT ONE HOUR. I also ordered the The two bike carrier to carry my mountain bike, can't wait for it to come. THANKS FOR YOUR PRODUCT LINE 40484

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Scott B.04/27/2012

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The hitch i ordered was delivered very fast and the video i viewed to install it on my vehicle made it very easy to install. It fit perfectly and only took about a half hour to install. I am very pleased and strongly recommend etrailer to others!!!!!38649

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chester04/18/2012

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I have had this hitch for several years and have towed a trailer very easily. IT SAVED MY CAR WHEN I GOT REAR ENDED! It was a fairly slow crash and bent up the hitch but only tiny paint transfer on my car. As a hatchback I think I would have bean totaled otherwise. 37673

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gerry Morin07/31/2011

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Installed very easily on my 2003 New Beetle. All the mounting points lined up, all the necessary hardware was there including longer bolts where it attached to the frame in existing threaded mounting position of the exhaust system. Drilled two holes only. Seems to be a very rugged assembly. Very satisfied.20626

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: David B01/22/2011

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We have to use a hitch to mount a bike rack, which my wife uses also as a wheelchair carrier for her work. The hitch fit where it said, and installation wasn't too difficult. (Wear safety glasses! You will get a lot of sand and/or dirt in your eyes without them.) Our tow hook was more of a circle than the loop shown on the instructions. Taking out the passenger side back-up light during installation made getting the bolt in possible.5899

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bass M.04/17/2010

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A 1 hitch for my beetle With a convertable beetle the hitch mount reciever was the only way to go for my bike rack. This hitch went on easily and does the job as described. thanks2940

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: OConnor.rob10/04/2013

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Fits perfect 102578

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dean05/20/2013

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Perfect fit on my 2002 TDI VW Golf. Install took less then an hour.81215

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chrissy F.04/27/2013

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The lady on the phone who helped me was totally amazing. She sent everything I needed. Now my little bug is all ready to go road trippin'. Picture of Truckers World installing it. Thanks y'all!78093

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: anthony03/25/2013

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Hitch was perfect. Fit good had all the parts I'm very pleased with I would definitely buy from them again 72390

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: David Speak09/18/2012

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Very fast service and installation went just like the instructions. Fast delivery and great price! Thanks, Dave 55048

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dwayne Mitschke08/02/2012

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Great! 50351

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: David S.06/01/2012

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The "excellent" applies to the price, ordering, shipping, and delivery. I will be happy to respond further after the hitch has been installed.42277

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: timothy eder05/14/2012

Is this review helpful? took longer to find all my tools than to install this on my 2002 golf .. no problems at all, now i can go look at trailers . 40509

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rene Robichaux04/28/2012

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The trailer hitch was easy to install on my 2006 VW Beetle. In fact, it took me almost as much time to get the spare tire back in the trunk as it did to instal the hitch.38715

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Darryl Lindsley11/07/2011

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The hitch installed quite easily, the instructions were right on.26660

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tim E10/19/2011

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extremely quick delivery. Easy to install as video illustrated25824

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Carl S.08/17/2011

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Good design, more mounting points than the competition. Fantastic experience with etrailer. Highly recommended!22012

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tony M07/31/2011

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Installation went very well. Relatively easy. Hitch looks well built. The two additional bolts which are located in the spare tire well add structural rigidity.20621

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Erica C07/19/2011

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fit my 2002 Golf TDI perfectly. Super easy install - drilling through the trunk pan was the only somewhat difficult part. looks like a rock solid hitch, pulled a small trailer easily, we'll test it with a pop-up soon!19698

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Kent S.01/17/2012

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Good quality and pricing. Fast shipping. 29855

Ask the Experts about this Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch
Expert Answers about Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" - 24679                                             Do you have a question about this Trailer Hitch?

  • What Hitch Is Available to Fit A 2005 Or 2006 Volkswagen Rabbit
  • The new body style VW Rabbit was introduced to the US as a 2006 model. I do not have a listing for a 2005 VW Rabbit, just a Golf. You might check to see if your VW Rabbit might be a 2006 model. The Draw-Tite Class I Hitch, # 24679, will fit on a 2006 VW Rabbit but not the GTI V6 models. It attaches to the vehicles trunk floor. It has a gross towing weight capacity of 2,000 lbs. and a tongue weight capacity of 200 lbs. With the # 24679 hitch if you will be towing you will need the Draw-Tit
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  • Draw Tite Hitch # 24679 Recommendation for a 2004 VW New Beetle GLX Turbo
  • You are correct, this Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch # 24679 will work on your 2004 Volkswagen Beetle GLX. The only model this hitch will not work on is the Turbo S and since that is not what you have you should be good. I attached installation instructions for you to check out.
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  • Will Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 24679 Fit a Non-Turbo 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle
  • Yes, the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, # 24679, will fit your 2009 VW New Beetle non-turbo model. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view. If you plan on doing any towing, the recommended ball mount is # 3593 and you can use pin and clip # PC2. For a ball, use # 19256 (1-7/8 inch diameter) or # 19258 (2 inch diameter). For trailer wiring, use # 119175KIT. I have included a link to a video showing a typical installation of the wiring on a similar vehicle for you to v
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2004 Volkswagen GTI
  • CURT indicates that Trailer Hitch, # 11066, will fit the 2004 Volkswagen GTI turbo, 2 door coupe/hatchback model. I have included a link to the installation details for you to view. If you plan on doing some towing the hitch comes with the correct ball mount, pin, and clip. For a ball you can use # A-80 or # A-82. For trailer wiring, use # 119190KIT. I have included a link to the installation details for you to view.
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  • Will the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Fit a 2000 Volkswagen Golf 1.8 Liter Turbo
  • According to Draw-Tite, Hitch # 24679 will fit a 2000 Volkswagen Golf including turbo models (GTI). I have included a link to the installation details for you to view so you can determine if anything under the vehicle will interfere with the hitch. If you plan on doing some towing, the correct ball mount is # 3594 and you can use pin and clip # PC2. For a ball use # 19256 (1-7/8 inch diameter) or # 19258 (2 inch diameter). For trailer wiring, use harness # 119175KIT. I have included a link to
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  • Will the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 24679 Fit a 2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Turbo Diesel
  • I spoke with my contact at Draw-Tite about hitch # 24679 and a 2002 VW New Beetle Turbo Diesel. the only model that this trailer hitch will not fit is the Turbo S model. If yours is branded as a Turbo S it will not fit, otherwise it fits all models. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a video showing a typical installation for you. If you plan on doing some towing, the correct ball mount is # 3593 and you can use pin and clip # PC2, 1-7/8 inch ball # 19256, and 2 inch
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2004 Volkswagen GTI
  • For your 2004 Volkswagen GTI I recommend the same hitch you referenced, # 24679, since you want a hitch to carry bikes. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a video showign a typical installation on a similar vehicle. This is a Class I trailer hitch so you will need a bike rack that is compatible with Class I hitches and you will be limited to carrying a maximum of 2 bikes. I recommend the Swagman Titan, # S63400. This rack fits all of the necessary criteria for your
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  • Will the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 24679 fit a 2008 VW Golf City
  • Yes, the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch # 24679 that you referenced is confirmed to fit your 2008 Volkswagen City Golf. I attached installation instructions and an install video for you to check out also.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2007 Volkwagen Rabbit
  • For your 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit you would want a Draw Tite Hitch part # 24825. This hitch has been confirmed to fit your vehicle. The Draw Tite Hitch # 24679 that you referenced is a fit for other Volkswagen vehicles but not your Rabbit so I would not recommend it for you.
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  • Will the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch # 24679 Fit on a 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
  • Convertibles are not typically compatible with trailer hitches due to the additional support braces attached to the frame for the convertible top, so I spoke with my contact at Draw-Tite and he told me that while they have not specifically tested the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch, # 24679, on a 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible, they have not received any fit issues of this hitch with a convertible. I have attached the installation instructions of this hitch for you to check out. B
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  • Cargo Carrying Options For 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle
  • The tallest cargo bags we offer are 19 inches tall and based upon the 23 inch height of the bread boxes you need to transport, may not work for you. The cargo boxes we carry have even less height than the cargo bags. If the bread boxes you mentioned can be placed on their side then some of the bags may work out for you. I have attached a link to our product pages for cargo bags. An option you may wish to consider is to install a roof rack and an open-top cargo basket. It would mean that you
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Volkswagen New Beetle Accessories

Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
2,000 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
200 lbs.

Weight Distribution Capacity
Hitch does not allow
use of weight distribution

Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 24679 Installation instructions 24679 Installation Instructions

Tech Tip
Drilling required for installation, Trunk access required for hitch installation, Minor heat shield modification may be required

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Recommended Wiring:
Draw-Tite 119178KIT

Recommended Ball Mount:
Draw-Tite recommends:
Draw-Tite 3593

1-7/8" hitch ball - 19256

2" hitch ball - 19258

If you have any questions you can contact our customer service department.

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